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How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done? Orally? Shots?

How is nut allergy testing and de-sensitizing done?  Orally?  Shots?

Nut Allergy: Testing for nut allergy can be done either by skin test or by blood testing. There is no currently available desensitization for nuts, outside of that being done for clinical research. If someone offers you nut allergy desensitization, be very skeptical. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Allergy Tests (Definition)

Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more


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How effective are allergy shots, immunotherapy injections or drops?

How effective are allergy shots, immunotherapy injections or drops?

Depends: The efficacy of allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be maximized by seeing a board certified allergist. Allergists receive extensive training in treating with allergy shots. In the right patient, they can be curative, and hopefully decrease or eliminate the need for allergy medications. Allergy drops have also been shown to be very effective, but are not yet fda approved. ...Read more

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Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

No: Appropriate allergy testing is guided by the patients history and physical examination. Based upon this one's allergist will make a decision what to be tested for. The test, particularly for outdoor allergens is based upon the common allergens is that particular agricultural zone. Does this mean that all allergens will be tested no. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

Is it possible to get allergy desensitization / immunotherapy shots for food allergies?

No: There are no injection protocols for desensitization to foods. Oral desensitization is being carried out at several research centers, but is not ready for general clinical use at this time. ...Read more

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Does this treatment exist or work? Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Does this treatment exist or work?  Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Yes: Allergy immunotherapy is about 80% effective. So like most medicines, it works on most people. There are also some individuals, like with any medication, that cat allergy vaccine is not effecdtive.Cat. ...Read more

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Injection for sun allergy?

Injection for sun allergy?

Wow wow: Never ever heard about pl be specific what are the symptoms on account of sun exposure? Regardless if tou can drink pl drink water the best, umberella to protect, , caladryl lotion. Avoid more exposure, . ...Read more

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Will allergy shots work?

Will allergy shots work?

Yes: Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is effective for most people and is the only "disease modifying" treatment available. In general about 30% of patients have great response, 30% have good response, 30% have a fair response and unfortunately 10% don't respond. There is no way to predict how good the response will be. It's excellent and safe therapy in the right hands (an allergist). ...Read more

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Does desensitization vaccination works for allergic asthma?I got positive skin prick tests for 4-5 allergens....

Does desensitization vaccination works for allergic asthma?I got positive skin prick tests for 4-5 allergens....

Yes: It is effective about 80% of the time. However I'd doubt that getting allergy shots for 4-5 allergens would work for you since most people are allergic to dozens of airborne allergens except in the case of occupational exposure. ...Read more

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How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

How effective are allergy shots for bees allergies?

Very effective: After a true bee/wasp/hornet allergy is determined, there is approximately a 40-60% chance of another systemic reaction occurring if stung again without ever receiving allergy shots. However, if a patient receives allergy shots to the specific allergic venom, the risk of another systemic reaction reduces to less than 3%. Consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

Orally in small incr: Nut desensitization is still not approved by the fda. Nut allergen is given orally in progressively larger doses, starting from a dose that does not cause systemic reactions. Progressive doses cause a desensitization, actual tolerance after discontinuation of daily doses may or may not develop. Standardized extracts for use in practice are not in use today. ...Read more

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Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

Does immunotherapy work for a shellfish allergy?

NO: I am not awwre of any imunothreapy for shellfish allergy.I recomend consulting an allergist to see what options there are ...Read more

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Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Buyer be ware.: There are many practitioners out there that are doing things that they call allergy testing that don't have any basis in science or reality. Be sure you see a board certified allergist for evaluation for allergy to be sure you are getting the best possible care! ...Read more

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Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Are allergy shots more effective as allergy pill treatments?

Yes: They work better, work systemically, give long term symptom control, and reduce the risk of asthma and further sensitizations. ...Read more

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Can patch testing indicate food allergies?

Can patch testing indicate food allergies?

Yes: Patch testing can detect certain types of food allergies. For anaphylactic type (ige mediuated) food allergies, standard skin prick testing or specific ige blood tests are better at identifying food allergies. For other non-ige mediated reactions such as eosinophilic esophagitis, patch testing can identify some additional food sensitivities. Only have test recommended by a trained md. ...Read more

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Is allergy shots made of steroid?

Is allergy shots made of steroid?

No : Allergy shots are usually prepared by extract of the allergen that is identified in your allergy skin test. They are not made of steroid. When they are given over the course of immunotherapy, your body is expected to be desensitized. ...Read more

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Shellfish / crustacean allergy testing safe? Costly?

Consider: There are such tests, such as rast testing (radioallergosorbent testing), cost varries by lab and your insurer (if you have). ...Read more

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I am an eczema patient should I go for ALLERGY ECZEMA COMPREHENSIVE PANEL, SERUM (FEIA) or ALLERGY COMPREHENSIVE PROFILE, SERUM (ImmunoCAP,FEIA).

None of these: Eczema---atopic dermatitis----is NOT an allergy. Allergy tests are not useful, often harmful, for eczema. It is not related to foods. Not "stress" either. It is a genetic defect in the surface of the skin. We have very good technology to help eczema, but no cure. SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. Meanwhile use skin cleansers with pH 6 to 7. Apply a liberal amount of a ceramide cream after washing. A prescripti ...Read more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens

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Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more